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French 4-Year Plan

Every French major is unique, and our program is designed to place you into the correct French course from the beginning and give you the personal attention you need to thrive.

Your Academic Advisor is the person best suited to help you choose the courses you need to stay on track. Many of our French majors study abroad, and this requires special considerations that must be made on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, the French and Francophone concentration does not have a single recommended path. To find the courses you'll need to take during your sophomore, junior, and senior years for the French and Francophone concentration, consult the major checklist.

At the beginning of your first semester in French, you will take the Placement Exam to place you into the correct level of French.

French Grammar courses following a strict sequence, and each course must be taken in order. The Placement Exam will place you into the correct course for your level, and once you complete that course, you will receive credit for the previous courses in the sequence. You will then take each of the remaining courses in order. The French grammar sequence in order is:
FREN 101
FREN 102
FREN 201
FREN 202
FREN 361 (offered in Fall)
FREN 362 (offered in Spring)

If you complete FREN 202 in the Spring, you should take FREN 361 in the Fall. If you complete FREN 202 in the Fall, you should take FREN 316 in the Spring and then FREN 361 the following fall.

 

B.A. in French and Francophone Studies

Freshman Year

FRENCH: You will take two or three French courses in your first year, depending on which course you place into on the Placement Exam.

UNIV 100 – First Year Seminar (3 credits)
ENGL 101 – Introduction to Academic Writing (3 credits)
ENGL 102 – Writing and Research About Culture (3 credits)
MATH 102 – Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits) or MATH 105 – Applied College Algebra (3 credits)
Math Elective (3 credits): Choose from MATH 206, MATH 210, or STAT 214
History Elective (3 credits): Choose in consultation with advisor.
History Elective (3 credits)
Behavioral Sciences Elective (3 credits): Choose from ANTH, CJUS, ECON, GEOG, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI. At least three hours of behavioral science electives must be at the 200 level or above.

Total: 30 credits

Sophomore Year

FRENCH: You will continue to take two to four French courses following the sequence of required courses and electives in consultation with your advisor.
Science Elective (3 credits): Science electives are to be chosen from both biological (BIOL) and physical (CHEM, GEOL, PHYS) sciences, two courses of which must come from the same science.
Science Elective (3 credits)
Behavioral Science Elective (3 credits): Choose from ANTH, CJUS, ECON, GEOG, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI. At least three hours of behavioral science electives must be at the 200 level or above.
English Literature Elective (3 credits): Choose from ENGL 201, 202, 205, 206, 210, 211, 212, 215, or 216.
English Literature Elective (3 credits)
Communication Elective (3 credits) ; Choose from CMCN 100, 101, 310, or ENGL 360, 365.
Minor Elective (3 credits)*

Total: 30 credits

Junior and Senior Years

FREN 471 – Survey of French Literature I (3 credits)
FREN 421 – French and the Francophone World or FREN 422 - Topics in the Francophone World (3 credits)
Up to five additional FREN Electives at 300- or 400-level (3 credits) in consultation with your advisor

Science Elective (3 credits): Science electives are to be chosen from both biological (BIOL) and physical (CHEM, GEOL, PHYS) sciences, two courses of which must come from the same science.
History Elective (3 credits)
Philosophy/Humanities Elective (3 credits)
Five Minor Electives (3 credits each)*
Four General Electives (3 credits each)
 

Total: 60 credits

*A minor requires a minimum of 18 hours in the subject area, six hours of which must be at the 300/400 level, and students must complete all pre- and co-requisites for minor courses. Note that some minors require specific courses, and some minors require more than 18 hours.

 

B.A. in French Education, with 24-hour minor in Secondary Education (plus 6 hours of electives determined by the minor)

This track follows the same order as the French and Francophone track, but instead of a minor of choice, you must must petition the College of Education for admission into the Secondary Education minor. The required courses for this minor as well as the year you should take them are below.

Sophomore Year

PSYC 220 – Educational Psychology (3 credits)
PSYC 312 – Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
SPED 391 – Foundations of Inclusive Education (3 credits)
Total: 9 credits toward minor

Junior Year

EDCI 427 – Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 credits)
EDCI 450 – Classroom Management and Instructional Design (3 credits)
EDFL 456 – Classroom Assessment  (3 credits)
IRED 315 – Technology in Education (3 credits)
READ 410 – Teaching Content Literacy in the Secondary/Middle School (3 credits)
Total: 15 credits toward minor

Senior Year

EDCI 463 – Secondary School Foreign Language Methods  (3 credits)
EDCI 479 – Student Teaching in the Secondary School (9 credits)
Total: 6 credits toward minor

Fabrice Leroy, Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée

Professor Fabrice Leroy contributed two lengthy chapters to Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée: Dictionnaire esthétique et thématique, edited by Thierry Groensteen, the leading French expert on comics and graphic novels. Published by Robert Laffont Editions in Paris in collaboration with the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image, this 928-page reference work contains in-depth essays from over 40 international scholars who examined a variety of comics-related notions, including historical movements, publishing trends, subgenres, aesthetic and formal devices, themes, and correlations with cultural history. Each entry of this volume is illustrated by an original drawing from renowned French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. This publication is a flagship event of the French Ministry of Culture’s “Année de la Bande Dessinée,” which coordinates various museum and library exhibitions, as well as festivals across France, in a celebration of comics as an art form (January 2020-June 2021). Fabrice Leroy’s contributions to this volume are devoted to detective fiction (“Polar”) and to the depiction of everyday life in graphic novels (“Quotidien”).